Meet the Team

Tripod Crest’s success is totally dependent on us delivering the best possible team effort for our customers. Our collaborative approach can be seen across the business from our operatives through to our management team.

Darren Stokes

Managing Director

Darren has been managing director of Tripod Crest Ltd since 2009 and has gained a wealth of operational and contractual experience during his career which began at RM Douglas Asphalt and Paving as a trainee quantity surveyor working on a variety of projects.

In 1989, he joined Asfare as quantity surveyor which provided solid experience of the surfacing sector including supervision. During his time at Asfare, Darren was also responsible for the planing side of the company before progressing to operations manager. When National Road Planing acquired Asfare Darren became commercial manager and subsequently operations director.

Darren joined Tripod Crest Group in 2003 as operations director for the planing division and in 2009 he undertook his current role of group managing director responsible for Tripod Crest Planing, Surfacing Solutions and F&T Goodwin.

Cathal O’Boyle


Cathal has worked at Tripod Crest for 23 years and started his career in the industry working with his father as a foreman at Associated Asphalt before moving to Kimbell Construction where he enjoyed 8 years’ employment. In 1992, Cathal joined Tripod Crest as a machine foreman and continued to progress with the company becoming surfacing director in 2009, responsible for both Tripod Crest Ltd and F&T Goodwin.

Jo Salmon

Group Services Director

Jo is responsible for all group service functions within the business including IT, human resources, public relations and health and safety compliance.

Jo also works with the managing director to ensure that the vision and strategy of the business is delivered with responsibility and accountability for the development and implementation of policies, processes and procedures to ensure the strategy is delivered against KPIs and excellence is consistently delivered against all areas of the business.

Tim Neal

Finance Director

Finance director Tim Neal has over 22 years’ experience in the construction industry.

Tim joined from TClarke plc – a nationwide building services contractor delivering a full range of mechanical, electrical and ICT services. Tim was instrumental in integrating TClarke’s 12 subsidiaries into one trading entity and has a proven track record in optimising the performance of and strategically growing a multi-million-pound business.


Neil Peacock

Group Health, Safety and Training Manager

Neil’s role is to oversee all aspects of health & safety and training, from leading on strategy and policies, to the implementation of programmes, accreditations, compliance, monitoring and reporting.

Neil has over 18 years’ experience covering management, asphalt production techniques, quarrying and material processes. Holding many industry qualifications and committed to personal and business development, he delivers training to all employees from operative to director level in health & safety, bespoke course development and assessment for levels 4 through to 7.

Most recently at MPQC MP Skills, Neil has also worked for a number of the sector’s major players – Breedon Aggregates, Lafarge Aggregates and Aggregate Industries.

Mark Wilcox

Group Commercial Manager

Mark has over 16 years’ experience in the industry having spent time with a number of leading companies in the sector. He also has a proven track record in estimating and asphalt sales. Mark is responsible for the commercial and estimating function of the group ensuring all the facts are collated when an enquiry comes in and then processing Tripod Crest’s response as quickly and efficiently as possible.

In addition to having great technical knowledge, Mark puts a big focus on good communications and on building strong relationships with customers to fully understand their businesses.

Dave Lawrence

Group Estimating Manager

With responsibilities across all group businesses, Dave is a champion of best practice, innovation and delivering the highest possible standards of service to our customers.

Dave started his career as a management trainee with Tarmac in 1989 and graduated with a BEng degree in quarry and road surface engineering. Having made a career in the industry, he has spent significant periods with Tarmac/Tilcon and, most recently, Amey. Dave worked as a surfacing supervisor in his early career before moving into sales and estimating, and then into management, so he brings significant operational as well as commercial expertise. 

Dave is a highly regarded professional with an excellent reputation. Along with the rest of the commercial team, he is committed to ensuring that the company consistently performs as a trusted and reliable partner.

Simon Fisher

Operations Manager

Simon Fisher has a wealth of experience in the sector having worked at National Road Planing, Tarmac and Hanson prior to joining Tripod Crest. His remits have involved many high profile contracts including M42 concrete planing and smart motorways on the M5 and M6.

Simon has a reputation for developing strong client relationships, with a keen eye on cost and value together with monitoring health and safety. Training and nurturing colleagues are also a top priority for him.

In his role as operations manager, Simon is responsible for managing day-to- day planing operations at Tripod Crest, ensuring all contracts are correctly resourced and compliant with current legislation. In addition to best practice, Simon looks to bring innovation to the job – while working in collaboration with customers to deliver maximum value.

Carl Hoptroff

Contracts Manager

Carl Hoptroff is contracts manager of the planing division at Tripod Crest, responsible for the planing and delivery of our road surfacing services, including commercial, customer service and quality control.

With over 15 years’ experience, Carl has worked for a number of the construction sector’s major players including Aggregate Industries, Toppesfield and Tarmac.

During this time, he was worked at an administrative and operational level, developing into a highly respected leader of multi-discipline teams.

A member of the Institute of Asphalt Technology, Carl has a host of professional qualifications covering civil engineering, site management, traffic management, risk assessment and health and safety.

Dave Smith

Planing Area Manager - South

Dave Smith is area manager for the southern area and has extensive operational experience and established customer relationships, which enable the delivery of focused engagement and tailored solutions that offer the best value for our customers. This includes planning and delivery of planing operations for highway term maintenance customers across the South of England and early contractor involvement for major improvement projects.

Dave’s key priority is the safety and wellbeing of our workforce and planing operations; which he achieves through good leadership and engagement with our workforce, supply chain partners and customers.

Dave is also responsible for promoting all aspects of the group and working closely with the commercial department to secure work and the operations department to manage the daily operations of Tripod Crest planing.

Richard Coleman

Contracts Manager South

As contracts manager for the south, Richard is responsible for the delivery of our planing and associated services, including all commercial aspects, customer liaison and quality control.

With 17 years’ industry experience, Richard has an excellent track record in managing labour and plant hire services, with a particular focus on training and maintaining the best possible quality standards. He is committed to building long term relationships with customers by being responsive, reliable and consistent.

Prior to joining Tripod Crest, Richard was operations director at Connor Construction. He has also worked for John Wainwright & Co, Yeoman Asphalt and Bardon Aggregates, primarily in sales.

Nigel Summers

Senior Supervisor

Nigel began his career in the industry over 30 years ago as a general labourer for Asfare. He progressed through the company in roles which included 1m planer foreman, 2m planer foreman, HGV driver and supervisor.

Nigel left Asfare to join Tripod Crest as contracts supervisor managing contracts which included M1 J24 – 28, Birmingham PFI, MAC 9 and major spot schemes on the Highways England network.

Sophie Norville


With seven years’ commercial experience working for a variety of well-known B2B brands in business development, Sophie is responsible for responding to incoming enquiries with speed and efficiency.

Sophie has developed a thorough understanding of the road surfacing industry and in addition to delivering estimates, she follows through bids and tenders with maximum diligence.

Mark Paillin

Surfacing Labour and Plant Manager

Mark’s career in the industry began over 26 years ago as a rakehand/screwman working for ARC. During his time there he developed a full understanding and competency of the skills required to complete all functions required to assist an asphalt laying crew.

Mark joined Tripod Crest as foreman and has continued to progress within the company to his current role of contracts manager for the labour and plant hire division of the business.

Craig Wilmore

Transport Manager

Having spent several years as a lorry driver, coupled with a number of logistics and service roles, Craig Wilmore is extremely well qualified to be Tripod Crest’s transport manager.

Committed to bringing more digital technology and efficiency to the company, Craig also leads on all the company’s transport-focused accreditations – with health & safety a top priority alongside a commitment to best practice across the business.

Craig Baker

Workshop Manager

After leaving the Army in 1996, Craig joined Roy Bros as a fitter on their Mercedes fleet until 1998 when he joined Renault as a foreman. In 2002, Craig joined Tripod Crest as a fitter progressing to his current role of workshop manager.